Frankie Manning and Ann Johnson doing an air step

In - State Venues & Lessons

Concert Series | Excellence in the Community

All Excellence in the Community concerts are free and open to the public!

Excellence in the Community is an arts non profit established in 2005 on the premise that Utah’s best musicians and dancers represent a powerful resource for enhancing communities. We raise money to create more and better performance opportunities for Utah artists. We work with a wide range of artists and wide range of musical styles.

Our concept is to use quality music to bring people together. By offering our events free to the public people of all ages can come together to celebrate the accomplishments of Utah artists. We want families to bring their children to these events. We call our concept Music to Match the Mountains. More information is available at www.excellenceconcerts.org

Salt Lake Special | Venue

Every Thursday

Ballroom Utah 

3030 S Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm 

Cost: General admission $7, students $5 if they bring their student ID

Want to swing dance like those hepcats in the old timey movies? Swing on down to Salt Lake Special and learn dances like Lindy Hop, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, and Balboa.

Salt City Swing | Progressive Lessons

Every Wednesday & Thursday depending on level

Ballroom Utah 

3030 S Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84115 

Time: (lesson) 7:00 pm

Cost: $45 (Four Four Weeks see website)

ALL LESSON PACKAGES INCLUDE AT LEAST 4 CLASSES, ONCE A WEEK, THAT BUILD ON MATERIAL COVERED IN PREVIOUS CLASSES.  FOR THIS REASON, DROP-INS ARE TYPICALLY NOT ALLOWED.  IF YOU HAVE TO MISS A CLASS, WE'LL TRY OUR BEST TO HELP YOU CATCH UP.  MISSED CLASSES DO NOT COUNT AS CREDIT TOWARDS FUTURE CLASSES.

Vintage Swing Dance | Club

Every Saturday

Richards Building B Room 270

15 Field House Dr, Provo, UT 84604

Time: (lesson) 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (dance) 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Cost: $1

Ever wanted to learn how to dance like the people in La La Land, Swing Kids, or It's a Wonderful Life? Come check us out, jam to some big band swing, and make some awesome new friends!

USU Big Band Swing Club | Club

Every Thursday

Utah State University in HPER room 102

Time: (lesson) 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (dance) 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Cost: $2 (Free for Members)

Membership for the School Year $15

The USU Big Band Swing Club is a Dance Club at Utah State University dedicated to the teaching and preservation of dances from the big band era such as the Lindy Hop, Charleston, East Coast Swing, and Balboa. We celebrate the Jazz music that was once popular in dance clubs from the '20s to '40s. We invite all to participate and to be a part of great American history, and to help it live on with us today!​

Moab Swing Dance Community | Venue

Every Tuesdays

Moab Arts & Recreation Center (MARC)  

Time: (lesson) 7:00 pm  and  at 7:45 pm(dance) 8:15 pm – 10:00 pm

Cost: Free although a $5 donation is suggested

Join us for Swing and Blues Dance Night at every Tuesday night at the MARC, brought to you by the Moab Swing Dance Community.

Have you been dancing a while? We're offering a progressive intermediate lesson at 7 pm.

Never danced a step in your life? Never fear! Join us for a beginner drop-in lesson at 7:45 pm (no experience or partner necessary!). 

Second Saturday Swing Dances | Venue

2nd Saturdays of the month

Location: Washington City Community Center ( 305 Community Center Drive,Washington, Utah 84780

Time: (lesson) 7:30 pm  and  at 7:45 pm(dance) 8:15 pm – 10:00 pm

Cost: (lesson) $1 + admission fee (Dance) $5 (cash only)

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Big Events In and Out of State

Phoenix Lindy Exchange 18th | Out of State

November 1-3, 2019

Phoenix, AZ 

 

The Phoenix Lindy Exchange is back for its 18th year of awesome! You’re rip-roaring ready for a good time. You can practically feel the hardwood bouncing underneath you as you swing out in style. Sign up for all the action

The Balboa Incident | Out of State

November 15-17  2019

Las Vegas, NV 

Join us for a weekend of live music, workshops, and competitions! A Friday night dance at The Mint Tavern will start the weekend, followed by a beginner and intermediate track of workshops Saturday afternoon by two world class instructors, Hannah Manning and Gordon Dang. The main event Saturday evening will be held inside Vegas’ very own Mob Museum. This will include access to the entire museum as well as the Speakeasy, if you can figure out the secret password. As for the music, we are proud to announce that we will be dancing to the live music of The Mad Hat Huskters! All culminating with our signature event, Balboa in the Park V.

Swingin' at the Savoy | Out of State

February 28, March 1 2020

Oakland , CA 

 

Swingin’ at the Savoy is an event to celebrate Lindy Hop & Jazz, the joy of the dance and the music, their heritage and history. It takes place every year in February to follow on in the foot steps of the tradition established by the Northern California Lindy Society (NCLS) with the Frankie Manning weekends. The event is open to dancers of all ages and promotes Lindy Hop & Jazz dance and music education, open-mindedness, playfulness, and creativity. Its goal is to help build and strengthen the Lindy Hop community.

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Events

Jory Woodis' New Orleans Steet Jazz Band | Excellence in the Community

November 4, 2019

Peery's Egyptian Theater

2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah 84401

Time: 6:00 -8:00 pm 

Cost: Free

Excellence in the Community, Peery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden City Arts & R.A.M.P. are proud to bring you the Free Monday Concert Series.

Jazz music from the streets of New Orleans.

Unwond: Rhapsody in Blue/New Deal Swing | Utah Symphony

November 16, 2019

Abravanel Hall

123 W S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Time: 7:30 pm

Cost: Varying  

Come to this free concert performed by Tad Calcara and the New Deal Swing Bank to enjoy Big Band favorites of the 1930's and 40's! Tad is principal clarinet with the Utah Symphony, but specializes in swing, and has delighted audiences around the state with his energetic performances. All ages are welcome!

Hot House West | Excellence in the Community

November 20, 2019

Gallivan Center

239 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Time: 7:30 -9:00 pm 

Cost: Free

Hot House West performs the music of Django Reinhardt in a modern and innovative way!

New Deal Swing | Excellence in the Community

January 06, 2020

Covey  Center

425 W Center St, Provo, UT 84601

Time: 7:00 -10:00 pm 

Cost: Free

Come to this free concert performed by Tad Calcara and the New Deal Swing Bank to enjoy Big Band favorites of the 1930's and 40's! Tad is principal clarinet with the Utah Symphony, but specializes in swing, and has delighted audiences around the state with his energetic performances. All ages are welcome!

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